Submissions for TINYWORDS 19.2 and a Writing Prompt

photo of a cathedral surrounded by plants under a blue sky, by sergio souza

Olivier Schopfer’s poem “sunlight on a crow’s wings” closed out another issue of TINYWORDS. Now is your chance. The submission window for TINYWORDS 19.2 opened on August 1.

The entire month of August is the time to send us your small poems or brief haibun for the new issue of TINYWORDS 19.2. We have already received quite a few submissions. Thank you.

Sending work to TINYWORDS is a simple two-step process. Just check out our Guidelines and click on the Submissions Page from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2019. One month window, as usual.

To keep things interesting while we work on the new issue, we present a photo in search of a poem. This image of an abandoned church in a field is the current challenge. Why not pen a tiny original poem or two in response to this glimpse of the past or is it present or maybe future? Leave your best efforts in the comment box below and the TINYWORDS editorial team will share the best of the best in TINYWORDS 19.2, due out in late September 2019.

Thanks again for dropping by. We look forward to reading what you have to say.


153 Responses

  1. Patti Niehoff Says:

    around and around
    the abandoned church
    path without end

  2. Rich Schilling Says:

    a cross
    in the horizon
    someone i used to know

  3. Robert Kingston Says:

    halo sun
    the young sing hallelujah
    into the night

  4. Bart Greene Says:

    toy chapel waiting
    for the boy who left it there
    he is now a man

  5. Mark C. Childs Says:

    Ogallala corn
    steeple without a prayer
    hoping for rainbows

  6. Mark C. Childs Says:

    Scarecrow sanctuary
    last relic of communion
    Bots farm the prairie

  7. lucia cardillo Says:

    circling around
    to futile issues …
    empty soul

  8. lucia cardillo Says:

    ghost church …
    a circle of fears
    in my mind

  9. dl mattila Says:

    wind rumors

    an abandoned church

    empty vessel

  10. Ronald K. Craig Says:

    abandoned church
    an old rugged cross
    atop the steeple

  11. Ronald K. Craig Says:

    abandoned church
    bird song
    lifts the rafters

  12. Frances Jones Says:

    a thread of telephone line
    pulling the past
    over the horizon

  13. RobertaBeachJacobson Says:

    homophonic
    church music
    of the birds

  14. Sam Bateman Says:

    where people
    once worshipped
    families of mice

  15. Robert Kingston Says:

    helter skelter
    left on the fence
    a tattered mat

  16. Helen Buckingham Says:

    at the bottom of the tank a monument to man

  17. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    organ base notes
    the wind still cries
    Mary

  18. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    strange stillness . . .
    so many believe
    in crop circles

  19. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    old scarecrow field stubble becomes a small mouse

  20. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    unharvested-
    all those prayers
    swirling around

  21. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    GMO's
    monoculture–what price
    for these sins?

  22. Autumn Noele Hall Says:

    under His eye
    the round-about ways
    of errant priests

  23. ghittmeyer Says:

    a timeless power
    our ancestor's prayers
    infuse sacred land

  24. Robert kingston Says:

    stained glass window
    she asks what year
    god was born

  25. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    415 ppm
    the Anasazi, too
    prayed for rain

  26. Robert Kingston Says:

    the crop still bowing to the Holy Ghost

  27. Laurie Greer Says:

    cornfield
    its endless tasseling
    with the sky

  28. André Wong Says:

    a sound
    from heaven
    church in the field

  29. tillybud Says:

    Crop circle church
    Aliens meet God
    No one knows

  30. Connie Jordan Green Says:

    only the sky
    attends
    this old church

    only wild grass
    to whisper
    a prayer

    who but birds
    sing
    in the choir?

  31. Robert Kingston Says:

    layer by layer
    a sermon
    losing track

  32. Tomislav Sjekloća Says:

    desolate church
    woodworms nibbling
    olden confessions

  33. Tomislav Sjekloća Says:

    stuttering
    I save my confession
    for the casket

  34. Connie Jordan Green Says:

    something in the grass
    tracks toward infinity—
    church waits in silence

  35. Paul Latham Says:

    two crosses mark emphemeral architecture, entombed among corn
    and cornflower blue sky and
    crumbling to eternity.

  36. Victor Ortiz Says:

    left behind
    in a crop circle
    an empty church

  37. Victor Ortiz Says:

    in a whorl of earth sky a hollow church

  38. Adrian Bouter Says:

    dropping popcorn he mutters jesus

  39. Adrian Bouter Says:

    hallowed ground a sea of corn

  40. Adrian Bouter Says:

    almost overgrown temple food for thought

  41. Adrian Bouter Says:

    all prays for rain this little church my heart

  42. Scott Packer Says:

    eroded motte
    bailey of weeds –
    faith reaching for heaven

  43. Seren Fargo Says:

    always the doubter
    even a photo of the church
    seems fabricated

  44. Victor Ortiz Says:

    in a whorl of earthsky a hollow church

  45. Scott Packer Says:

    eroded motte
    bailey of weeds-
    faith still reaching for heaven

  46. Brian Says:

    anonymity-
    the entire sky balanced
    atop a steeple

  47. Don Miller Says:

    season
    after season
    circling the field
    cultivating
    his faith

  48. Neelam Dadhwal Says:

    reminding dreams⁠—
    the one that is
    life

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